why do basses have a high C and guitars have a high B?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Matt R Miller, May 1, 2004.

  1. Matt R Miller

    Matt R Miller

    Apr 27, 2003
    I was just wondering why the two are tuned differently.
  2. Baofu


    Mar 8, 2003
    Chords, I believe. Someone with more theory knowledge will know, but when you form barre chords, if you tuned with a high C, would mess it up seriously.
  3. Easier to hit the open chords.
  4. it makes all the chords a hell of a lot easier,not just the open.
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    The high "C" string on the 6-string bass keeps the bass in fourths...therefore, all the patterns remain constant.

    Not sure about the guitar's "B"...the OPEN chord angle sounds good to me.
  6. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Because basses are retarted.

    Thats quoting every guitarist i have raised this discussion with.
  7. Baofu


    Mar 8, 2003
    Actually, as a guitarist and bassist, I would have to concur with my filthy unwashed brethren in this case, kirby.
  8. I think it has something to do with the consistancy of the treble clef, but the open chord debate sounds more agreeable.
  9. nothing to do with the treble clef, just retune a guitar to straight fourths, and try playing a bar chord.... not too easy.
  10. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    If you tuned the B to a C, then your high E would be an F. F vs. your low E would be pretty ugly.
  11. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    Who says the high string on a bass has to be a C? I've tuned my high string on my 6s to B for years (and I know I'm not the only one). Of course, I started as a guitar player, so there you go....